This image taken from a Web site frequently used by Islamic militants and made available from IntelCenter, shows al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden in an undated photo that accompanied the posting of an audio tape with bin Laden speaking. Bin Laden purportedly said in the audio tape Tuesday May 23, 2006 that neither Zacarias Moussaoui _ the only person convicted in the U.S. for the Sept. 11 attacks _ nor anyone held at Guantanamo had anything to do with the al-Qaida operation. (AP Photo/IntelCenter, NY sun)
Hmmmmmm.......... now he's testifying for Moussaoui? Some friend.
Steve Stalinsky weighs in on "Islamofascism"
An article titled "How the Right Played the Fascism Card Against Islam" on the Web site of [CAIR] the Council on American-Islamic Relations is highly critical of using the term "Islamofascism."
“Fascism is coming back into fashion, at least in the propaganda wars. For the right, it comes in the shape of a new word: ‘Islamofascism’. That conflates (sic) all the elements into one image: suicide bombs, kidnappings, and the Qur’an; the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan; Iranian clerics and Hitler … Usage has gathered momentum among commentators and academics who seek a verbal missile to debilitate those who disagree with them. They have adopted it as a sort of Judeo-Christian war cry.
Unlike CAIR, many Arab liberal and reformist writers, have supported such an analogy.A Saudi columnist, Muhammad bin ‘Abd Al-Latif Aal Al-Sheikh, published a series of articles in the Saudi daily Al-Jazirah in July, attacking the ideology of the Al-Salafiyya movement (long associated with Saudi Wahhabi Islam). He said that the ideology of this movement was similar to, or even worse than, the Nazi ideology, and that it should be dealt accordingly.
Just as the world uprooted Nazism at the Potsdam conference, Al-Sheikh explained that the West should follow suit with Islamism after the attacks of September 11, 2001: “I still believe that one of the primary missions of the international community today is to repeat its experience with Nazism and to deal with this dangerous barbarian culture [of Islamofascism] exactly as it dealt with the Nazi culture. If this does not happen, the near future is liable to bring many [events], the consequences of which will be far more severe for all of humanity than [the consequences] of World War II.”
A columnist for the London Arabic daily Al-Hayat, Zuheir Abdullah, blamed what he termed “Arab fascism”and “Islamism”for leading to the current backwardness of the Middle East. In an August 2003 article he wrote, “since 1948, primitive Arab fascism,” sometimes “allied with fundamentalist Islam,” has produced only “empty slogans.” Mr. Abdullah continued, “many simple-minded people and ignorant persons were unfortunately brainwashed and turned into the fuel of this extremism.” He concluded by stating the Arab world’s embrace of fascism and Islamism has led it to adding “almost nothing” to modern civilization.
Dr. Hussein is hopeful that the West will treat “Islamofascism” in the Middle East as Nazism in Europe was treated following World War 2 and that it will lead to similar results: “We are optimistic about the future ... The first domino has already fallen, when the fascist Baath Party fell in Iraq.The rest of the dominoes will follow. Just as Nazism and Fascism fell in Europe, and the rest of the totalitarian, tyrannical regimes followed, it is inevitable that history will grind down the remaining fascist regimes [in the Middle East].” Paid Subscription - NY Sun
Mr. Stalinsky is the executive director of the Middle East Media Research Institute.